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Next Step Recommendation [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 18:54
Dear Paul,
I will be very thankful to you for devoting few minutes on my profile and quide me to my next step.

GMAT Score - 660 (82 percentile)
Quant - 49 (86 percentile)
Verbal - 31 (58 percentile)

I am Asian origin working in US. I have about 6 years of experience working as an Electrical Engineer. My job profile is designing various Electrical systems such as power distribution for a building, Fire alarm systems, Building Surveillance and security systems etc.

I have Masters in Electrical Enginnering from one of the top Institute in India (Indian Institure of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur) with 9.25/10 GPA.

I have 4 year bachelor degree in Engineering. I was the topper of my class. I was awarded with GOLD MEDAL for being the topper of my Electrical Degree class. I was also awarded with the Best Technical Project Award for my bachelor degree.

I have been quite active in sports. I was Captaion of College Cricket Team. Outdoor games Secretary. Also, I was the student body representative of Post graduate Senate committee.

At my work I am not a permanent manager but I have managed project mostly of my own or for some projects I have managed a team of 2-3 engineers.

My most prefered college is Darden School (Virginia). then,
Fuqua school,
Columibia

Paul, what do you think of my odds at above schools. What other schools would you recommend based on my profile and score.

I really appreciate your time and effort.
Thanks a lot,
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Re: Next Step Recommendation [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 22:07
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Hi gsharma,

Unfortunately, your GMAT score probably puts you on the outside-looking-in at the schools you mentioned. Your background doesn't suggest highly unique experiences of the type that would allow a candidate to fall at the low end of the GMAT range for elite programs. I would suggest taking another crack at it to try for the 700 barrier or considering some schools with a softer GMAT range.

Darden might be within range, but you will have to really craft essays that showcase fit with the school. It has a unique culture and they prize that a great deal, so nailing the tone will be critical. Furthermore, you will need strong essays and interviews to compensate for your low verbal score on the test, as there may be concerns about communication, particularly at U.S. programs.

Hope this helps. Thanks for reaching out.

Respectfully,

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